The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its abundance of evergreen trees, making it one of the top regions for evergreen growth in the United States. Evergreens are unique in that they retain their needles throughout the year. Washington’s forests are home to approximately 25 native tree species. Each plant thrives in its ideal environment, much like cacti in the desert and grasses in the plains. In Washington, tall firs and cedars thrive in the cool, moist winters and mild summers. Sustainable forestry practices ensure the growth of various tree types in all four main forest regions throughout their life cycles. Below, we highlight some of the popular tree species you can find in our forests.
It grows so well in all of our forest regions, and because its wood is prized worldwide for its strength and durability, Douglas-fir is often the tree of choice for many Washington forest landowners. The tree’s intolerance of shade means Douglas-fir grows best in open sunlight. That’s why it does so well in land cleared by harvesting, wildfire, or even volcanic eruption.
Learn more about how trees and wood products mitigate climate change.